On the thawing March morning he died, Denis Voronenkov stood on Shevchenko Boulevard, a broad poplar-lined street in central Kiev named after Ukraine’s national poet, his eyes glued to his phone. The 45-year-old former Russian lawmaker and security agent was promoting an interview he had given to a local news site about the life he left behind in Moscow months earlier. Given his past in Russia’s notoriously tight-lipped security services, it was particularly treasonous of him to open his mouth, while the sheer symbolism of his desertion gave his proclamations eminence. “The system is killing people,” he told the journalist, “and the reverse evolution makes the intelligent and worthy either stay silent or flee. I am not the first and I am not the last who tried to gnaw out their place in the sun in Russia.” Voronenkov had seen the transcript of the interview a few nights earlier — quote approval is standard in the Ukrainian press — and … [Read more...] about It Looked Like Another Kremlin Assassination. Was It?
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President Trump announced on Wednesday that secretary of State Mike Pompeo is returning from North Korea with 3 American detainees, who "seem to be in good health." The men were the last American captives of Pyongyang. The three men — Kim Hak-Song, also known as Jin Xue Song; Tony Kim, also known as Kim Sang-Duk; and Kim Dong-Chul — were arrested on a variety of supposed anti-state crimes, despite the fact that they appear to have journeyed to the diplomatically isolated nation to improve conditions for its 25 million citizens: They all faced the same fate: years behind bars. • Kim Dong-Chul of Fairfax, Va., was arrested in October 2015 and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor in April 2016 on charges of spying and other offenses. A month before his trial, he supposedly apologized for trying to steal military secrets for South Koreans. He had been living in Rason, North Korea, in a special economic zone where he ran a trading and … [Read more...] about Meet the 3 American prisoners released from North Korea
Every grave tells a story. Here are some of the people, and their stories, buried in Arizona. Big Nose Kate She was born Mary Horony in Hungary but her tombstone in Prescott reads Mary K. Cummings. She had a few names along the way but most people remember her as Big Nose Kate, paramour of dentist turned gunslinger John “Doc” Holliday. The couple met in Fort Griffin, Texas, in 1877 where Kate was working as a prostitute. They formed a relationship — often turbulent — and traveled together the next few years. After the famous Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, which Kate claimed to have witnessed from the window of their boarding house, she and Holliday went their separate ways. In later years, Kate lived in Globe, Cochise and eventually ended up as a housekeeper in Dos Cabezas. In 1931, the 80-year-old Kate became one of the first female residents admitted to the Arizona Pioneers’ Home in Prescott. She lived there until her death, five … [Read more...] about Famous graves in Arizona: Big Nose Kate, Cochise and other notables
In 2018, we said goodbye to a lot of greats in the world of arts and entertainment. There were the trailblazers: Aretha Franklin, who forever changed the face of music. Tom Wolfe, the white-suited gent who memorably blended journalism and literary techniques. John Gavin, a Mexican-American actor in the ‘50s who refused to be narrowed by his ethnicity. And Stan Lee, who revolutionized the comic-book industry and inspired geeks everywhere to dream. Then there were those who were simply terrific at what they did. Neil Simon, who could make almost anyone laugh, or Burt Reynolds, the biggest movie star in the world at one point in the 1970s. Nancy Wilson wasn’t merely a wonderful singer; she oozed class and good taste throughout her career. And, as always, there were those whose deaths simply shocked us: Mac Miller, Anthony Bourdain and Dolores O’Riordan from the Cranberries fall into that sad category. Here is a roll call of some who died in 2018. … [Read more...] about In memoriam: Remembering celebrities who died in 2018
In 2018, the eyes of the nation were again fixed on President Donald Trump, whose second year in office was no less remarkable than his first. It was a year that saw the president open up trade wars, meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, spar with the press and defend hush money payments to women he allegedly had affairs with, all while new revelations and indictments poured out of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling. Policies and politics divided us. We found ourselves embroiled in a fierce immigration debate. Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ascended to the high court despite sexual assault allegations from Christine Blasey Ford. Nature humbled us. California burned as the Camp Fire became the most destructive in state history. Hurricane winds and floods battered the Carolinas. But other stories made us proud. Team USA brought home 23 Olympic medals from Pyeongchang, South Korea. Teachers fought for … [Read more...] about 2018 year in review: 50 stories from 50 states that moved us